Saturday, 25 March 1972


Born: February 23rd, 1934, Barcelona (Spain)
Died: January 16th, 2011, Torremolinos (Spain)
Nationality: Spanish

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Augusto Algueró started an academic study of medicine, but changed to the Conservatorio Municipal de Barcelona to become a professional musician. He composed popular songs (amongst which ‘Penélope’ for Joan Manuel Serrat) and more than 90 soundtracks for films for cinema and television from 1950 onwards. The TV programme Historias de la frivolidad, to which he had composed the music, won the 1967 Golden Rose of Montreux as well as the Golden Nymph of Monte Carlo. Two years later, the latter prize was again conferred upon a programme with a soundtrack by Algueró, El irreal Madrid. In 1998, Algueró received the American BMI Prize for ‘Penélope’ being the most interpreted song in Latin America of all times. In 1972, Algueró was the musical director of the first OTI Festival, held in Madrid; during this contest, he conducted the entries of Spain, Portugal (which was represented by Algueró’s protégé Tonicha), and Uruguay.


In 1961, Algueró composed the music to Spain’s first-ever Eurovision entry, ‘Estando contigo’, which was sung by Conchita Bautista. In 1969, when the festival was organised in Madrid’s Royal Theatre, he was the musical director of the show, conducting two entries (Spain’s winning ‘Vivo cantando’ and Luxembourg’s entry, ‘Cathérine’). One year later, he accompanied Julio Iglesias to Amsterdam to conduct his Eurovision attempt ‘Gwendolyne’. In 1971, Algueró was not present at the contest, but he had arranged the music to the Portuguese entry, ‘Menina’ by Tonicha. One year later, finally, he composed, arranged, and conducted Spain’s entry ‘Amanece’ (with lyrics by Ramón Arcusa), which was sung by Jaime Morey.


1961 Cannes
Country – Spain
Song title – "Estando contigo"
Rendition – Conchita Bautista 
Lyrics – Antonio Guijarro
Composition – Augusto Algueró
Studio arrangement – Augusto Algueró
(Orquesta Toreador conducted by Augusto Algueró)
Live orchestration – Augusto Algueró
Conductor – Rafael Ferrer
Score – 9th place (8 votes)

1969 Madrid (1)
Country – Spain
Song title – "Vivo cantando"
Rendition – Salomé 
Lyrics – Aniano Alcalde
Composition – Maria José de Cerato
Studio arrangement – Joan Barcons
Live orchestration – Joan Barcons
Conductor – Augusto Algueró (MD)
Score – 1st place (18 votes)

1969 Madrid (2)
Country – Luxembourg
Song title – Cathérine
Rendition – Romuald Figuier
Lyrics – André Pascal
Composition – André Borly / Paul Mauriat
Studio arrangement – André Borly
Live orchestration – André Borly
Conductor – Augusto Algueró (MD)
Score – 11th place (7 votes)

1970 Amsterdam
Country – Spain
Song title – "Gwendolyne"
Rendition – Julio Iglesias
Lyrics – Julio Iglesias
Composition – Julio Iglesias
Studio arrangement – Benito Lauret
(studio orchestra conducted by Ivor Raymonde)
Live orchestration – Benito Lauret
Conductor – Augusto Algueró
Score – 4th place (8 votes)

1971 Dublin
Country – Portugal
Song title – "Menina (Do alto da serra)"
Rendition – Tonicha
Lyrics – José Carlos Ary dos Santos
Composition – Nuno Nazareth Fernandes
Studio arrangement – Augusto Algueró
(studio orchestra conducted by Augusto Algueró)
Live orchestration – Augusto Algueró
Conductor – Jorge Costa Pinto
Score – 9th place (83 votes)

1972 Edinburgh
Country – Spain
Song title – "Amanece"
Rendition – Jaime Morey
Lyrics – Ramón Arcusa
Composition – Augusto Algueró
Studio arrangement – Augusto Algueró
Live orchestration – Augusto Algueró
Conductor – Augusto Algueró
Score – 10th place (83 votes)

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